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Fred Thompson Withdraws From Race

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Fred Thompson, in a statement released by the candidate, withdrew his candidacy for President: Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of […]

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A Good Point in the Ron Paul Kerfluffle

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

This point at Classically Liberal is really quite a good one. Paul’s final defense is to ask us to believe that he doesn’t pay attention to his own affairs or what is done in his name. He doesn’t read the publications he sends out. In fact, he doesn’t even write his own material. He doesn’t […]

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Fascism: It Couldn’t Happen Here, Part I

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

If all goes well, there will be more than just this post. I’m planning a series discussing Fascism, the origins of the modern American state, and the reality of whether a fascist, authoritarian government, similar to Fascist Italy or Nazi Germany, could happen here. There are a lot of reasons for this series, but the […]

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What Does a Veteran Want Today?

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. My work has kept me very busy, to say the least. Still, I’ve been here reading and enjoying what my fellow contributors are posting. But today seemed like a good time to contribute a post of my own. It’s Veteran’s Day (originally Armistice Day). It’s the one […]

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The Economics of the 2nd Amendment

Friday, May 4th, 2007

I don’t think I could say it better, so I’ll just let David’s words stand on their own. “Suppose one little old lady in ten carries a gun. Suppose that one in ten of those, if attacked by a mugger, succeeds in killing the mugger instead of being killed by him — or shooting herself […]

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Let’s Make Something Clear

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

I realize that the news today will be all about the Virginia Tech shooting. And gun laws. And so forth. But, I think it is valuable, given much of the recent conversation (past 3 months, give or take), to put a stake in the ground on what The Liberty Papers stands for around the war […]

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By Request

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

As a reader requested, I just installed a live preview for comments. As you write a comment, it will “live preview” as you type, just below the comment box. If you use characters that also are html, including > and <, you will need to use ASCII HTML Codes to have them display properly.

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Quote to Ponder

Friday, April 13th, 2007

“It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Defining “Wealthy”

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Not long ago I read Richard Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Aside from all of the other valuable things in the book, possibly the most valuable thing I got from it is an appropriate definition of “wealthy”. I’ll put it in my own words. Being wealthy is defined as owning enough income generating assets to […]

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Quote To Ponder

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

“Psychologically, it is important to understand that the simple fact of being interviewed and investigated has a coercive influence. As soon as a man is under cross-examination, he may become paralyzed by the procedure and find himself confessing to deeds he never did. In a country where the urge to investigate spreads, suspicion and insecurity […]

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Quotes To Ponder

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them — and then, the opportunity to choose. — C. Wright Mills When liberty is taken away by […]

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Quote of the Day

Friday, March 16th, 2007

It’s been a while since any of us posted a “quote of the day”, so it seemed to be time. And this one is so true, except that it seems more like 8 decades, not 3. Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked […]

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How To Not Explain Things To Libertarians

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Chris Clarke, at Pandagon, has written a long article about How To Explain Things To Libertarians. As you might expect, as he leads into all of this, he gets some things wrong. The things he gets wrong are the traditional propaganda of the left related to why we need social democracy. For example: If those […]

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Education and Liberty

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

In a recent thread on schools and gifted children, one of our frequent commenters said a couple of things that I think bear further discussion. First, she said: I do believe there are successful public schools. Well, I do too. I happen to be, from an education perspective, a product of public schools. My first […]

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The Quest for Security of Privilege

Monday, January 29th, 2007

I’m rereading F.A Hayek’s “The Road To Serfdom“. In Chapter 9, where I currently find myself, Hayek is discussing security and freedom. This seems timely, considering the conversation occuring on Doug’s post The Right Direction on Health Insurance Reform. In this chapter of Hayek’s classic work, he discusses the quest for security and how it […]

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Uncle Milt Speaks To Us One Last Time

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

The Wall Street Journal conducted an email interview with Milton Friedman in July, 2006. The interview was never published, presumably because Friedman was ailing, although they don’t actually say why. It’s available on Opinion Journal, no subscription needed: Milton Friedman @ Rest. I pulled out a few quotes I found interesting. Friedman was a critical […]

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They Never Learn

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

As much as we have griped lately about the GOP not learning it’s lessons (Doug has been especially effective on this front), the Democrats show no propensity to learn from their victory. They did not win because the hard core left of the Democratic Party carried them to party. They won because the small government […]

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More on Police Culture

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

In yet another clear sign that the Drug War’s most prominent success has been the corruption of police culture in this country, we have this story in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Police Department is accused of taking possession of a Mercedes-Benz convertible from a drug-addicted local businessman in return for agreeing not to prosecute him for […]

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What Would It Take?

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Jerry Taylor, of CATO, has a great question for those who continue to support the horribly failed War on Drugs: While it should be obvious to any fair-minded observer that our increasingly brutal war on drugs is a losing proposition on all counts, few of us seem to be fair minded observers. So allow me […]

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Specific Healthcare Changes

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

A recent post on healthcare inspired a long thread of comments. In that thread I was critical not only of changes that many people advocate to our system, but of our current system itself. Our current system is a disguised socialism. Sure, the government does not directly run the system, unlike the single payer model […]

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